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Prosecco recommendations?

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    TheLadyE
    TheLadyE

    I need help! One of my coworkers is from France and she’s been going through an extremely difficult time this year. I’d like to get her a “pamper yourself” gift for Christmas, including a bath bomb from Lush, a coupon for a massage, and a bottle of Prosecco. Problem is, I know next to nothing about how to tell a good kind of Prosecco – I literally just started drinking it myself.

    What should I get her? I’d like to keep it below $20 just so it doesn’t feel too extravagant.

    Thank you in advance!

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    Copa
    Copa
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    I don’t have any recommendations for specific brands, but Trader Joe’s is one of my go-to places when I want relatively inexpensive alcohol. At Thanksgiving my family had a prosecco I really liked from Costco — I’ll see if I can track down the name of it from my momma.

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    Kate

    Prosecco is Italian, not French, so I wouldn’t worry about that. I don’t think it’s a wine where people are too picky about brand. I just like it on the dry side, not overly sweet.

    https://www.google.com/amp/www.bestproducts.com/eats/drinks/gmp1813/best-prosecco-wine-champagne/

    Mionetto is always good.

    https://www.google.com/amp/www.bestproducts.com/eats/drinks/gmp1813/best-prosecco-wine-champagne/

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    TheHizzy

    Side question – when did Prosecco become so popular?

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    Kate
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    Years ago!

    I started drinking it in the 90s when I lived in Italy for a couple years, but I noticed it getting popular here maybe 8-10 years ago. It’s like champagne but sweeter and cheaper and is a great mixer in cocktails.

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    TheHizzy

    I’ve tried it a couple times and I thinks it’s so overly sweet. But, sounds like it might be good as a mixer!

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    ktfran
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    I typically shy away from Prosecco too because of the sweetness. I tend to buy Cava (Spain) when I want bubbles. Freixenet is good and inexpensive and you can find almost anywhere. And it’s fun because it’s a black bottle! Looks fancy. The husband knows his bubbles, whether sparkling wine, cava, prosecco or champagne. I’d have to ask him what $20ish bottle he buys.

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    TheLadyE
    TheLadyE

    Thank you! I think I did know it’s Italian (I only started drinking it super recently) but she has mentioned she liked it. She’s not a big drinker but she does like that.

    I wanted to do a little more than my usual “wander into Kroger and get whatever looks best” that I do for myself/to take to parties. Heh.

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    Kate
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    I like Freixenet also. I haven’t noticed that it tastes different from Prosecco, but it’s good!

    Prosecco is good mixed with different liqueurs that might have a more herbal or bitter taste, like Saint Germaine, Aperol. I’m fine drinking it on its own too.

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    Copa
    Copa
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    I, too, like a prosecco that is on the dry side. That said, if someone gave me a bottle of something they know I like, I wouldn’t be upset in the least if it wasn’t my favorite or not what I’d pick out for myself. I’d be glad about the gesture.

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    TheLadyE
    TheLadyE

    @Copa – thank you! That makes me feel less pressure about getting exactly the right kind. 🙂

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    mylaray
    Mylaray

    La Marca! It comes in a beautiful bottle with a blue label and is about $15. Definitely my favorite among all prosecco brands.

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